FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Changes in the American landscape and lifestyle are impacting the way we live as much as the way we pass from this world and honor the dead, says The Neptune Society, the largest cremation-only services company in the U.S. Cremations now account for over 30% of all funeral services in the U.S. according to the Cremation Association of North America. Some states like Nevada, Arizona, California, and Florida are up to over 50 per cent; Hawaii leads the U.S. in cremations at 66%. The national average is projected to reach close to 45% by 2025. The steady rise in cremations is part of an overall change in the way the American public looks at the funeral experience and a strong indication that people are less interested in the full service traditional funeral. As society becomes more mobile and more and more family members relocate to places around the United States, the value of a local cemetery has decreased from an emotional standpoint. Jerry Norman, President and CEO of The Neptune Society, explains, "As families become scattered because of jobs, retirements, marriages, and second homes, individuals and their families are realizing that cremation solves the economic problem of having to afford and facilitate a funeral in some hometown where no one lives anymore. Americans want more control and not to have to deal with two devastating crisis' in three days: one, the death; and two, an expensive funeral. " The movement toward cremations has been bolstered the growth of companies such as the Neptune Society, which was established in 1973. The company provides consumers with a simple, economical and dignified alternative to the traditional costly funeral, which can run from $7,000 to $10,000. The average cremation costs less than half of that. The Neptune Society is not owned or operated by a traditional funeral home or cemetery, and is the only nationwide organization to specialize in cremation-only services. Norman notes, "Cremation sets families free to have a private service at their convenience, where and when they choose. Clients ask for the remains to be delivered to them in a dignified container and then they celebrate the departed life during a holiday, or around some special event that means something. Neptune has noted that baby boomers in general want more control over situations like this and this demographic is choosing cremation in increasing proportions." As part of the Neptune Society's commitment to providing a new funeral experience, they have teamed up with visionary Gary Levine and famed designer/sculptor Kim Brandell to launch The Neptune Memorial Reef, a re-creation of the legendary Lost City of Atlantis and the largest and most enchanting man-made reef of its type in the world. This architecturally sculptured reef is a first for the industry and a major step toward creating a unique new way for people to honor and remember their loved ones. Located 3.25 miles off the Miami Coast in 45 feet of crystal clear water, the Neptune Memorial Reef is a design and engineering wonder that will attract divers, ecologists, tourists ... and those looking for a final resting place of unmatched beauty. Created as much for the living and the ecology as it is a memorial for the deceased, the first-of-its-kind Neptune Memorial Reef is an environmental and ecological masterpiece. The Neptune Society offers the option of making arrangements for their direct cremation in advance, at a fraction of the cost of the typical funeral service. Once pre-paid, the price of the services is guaranteed. Norman believes that changing times and changing perspective on the funeral experience, make this an ideal time for the launch of The Neptune Memorial Reef, "The Neptune Memorial Reef provides a natural setting for loved ones that is also an awe-inspiring destination where family can gather and enjoy." About The Neptune Society A leader in alternative funeral services, The Neptune Society, Inc. is privately owned by the BG Capital Group, a leading merchant banking firm. Established in 1973, The Neptune Society and its sister company The Trident Society are dedicated to providing consumers with a simple, economical and dignified alternative to the traditional costly funeral. Today the company has 38 locations in 10 states -- including cremation facilities, sales offices, and holding facilities -- and continues to expand services throughout the United States. As part of the Neptune Society's commitment to providing a new funeral experience, they have teamed up with visionary Gary Levine and famed designer/sculptor Kim Brandell to launch The Neptune Memorial Reef, a re-creation of the legendary Lost City of Atlantis and the largest and most enchanting man-made reef of its type in the world. Located 3.25 miles off the Miami Coast in 45 feet of crystal clear water, the Neptune Memorial Reef is a design and engineering wonder that will attract divers, ecologists, tourists ... and those looking for a final resting place of unmatched beauty. The Neptune Society's corporate headquarters are located in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. For more information on The Neptune Society, please visit us at: http://www.neptunesociety.com or http://www.tridentsociety.com. For more information on the Neptune Memorial Reef, please visit: http://www.nmreef.com.
SOURCE The Neptune Society